U14-U18 AAA Coach Announcement, News (Oakville Rangers Hockey Club)

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Feb 04, 2022 | Cassy Goulart | 1568 views
U14-U18 AAA Coach Announcement
Oakville Rangers Announce the First Phase of our 2022-2023 AAA Coach Selections!

 The Oakville Rangers Hockey Club (ORHC) is pleased and excited to announce these U14-U18 AAA coaching selections for the 2022-2023 season.

These selections will support continued growth in the ORHC's collective bench strength that was established several years ago when the organization made a commitment to find and select the highest quality coaches possible for our players. Since then, this focus on coach selection has been a key element of our improving development system which has led to a consistent improvement of our players and teams overall.


We believe that this announcement reflects another extremely strong coaching group who are the foundation, along with the support of our deep organizational resources, to continuing to build a "Best in Class AAA Hockey Program". Congratulations to the successful applicants and thanks to all those who applied. It all starts with coaching.

Rob Hisey – Under-14 (U14)

Email: [email protected]   Phone: (289) 681-0809

Rob Hisey was born and raised in Oakville, playing minor hockey for the Oakville Rangers and in the GTHL. He went on to play 4 years in the OHL and signed with the New York Islanders. Rob played in many of the top leagues in Europe and North America. In 2017, he retired after a 12-year professional career.

Rob has been the Head On-Ice Skills Instructor at BTNL in Oakville over the past 6 years, working with some of the top players in the area from the OHL to the NHL. He has coached the 2009 birthyear AAA Oakville Rangers team the past two seasons and prior to that served as the Head Coach for the Toronto Young Nationals Minor Atom AAA and the Streetsville Tigers Minor Atom AA – both teams were extremely successful.

Rob prides himself in teaching how to play and think the game. Hockey has been his passion his whole life – he has been lucky enough to call it his profession. Rob’s goal is to instill a passion and love for the game in the kids he coaches. At the same time, he hopes to teach good characteristics and habits that can translate into everyday life. Hockey gave Rob a lot and he has learned so much in the game - he hopes to pass that on to the kids he coaches.

He has really enjoyed the opportunity to coach with the Oakville Rangers organization and his impact has been evident with the 2009 birthyear age group – they are developing well, forming great habits, and battled for first place in the SCTA last season.

Congratulations to Rob on his selection as Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Under-14 (U14) AAA team for the 2022-23 season.


Mike Derenzis – Under-15 (U15)

Email: [email protected]                                          Phone: (905) 464-4488

Mike played his minor hockey at the AAA level ever year. He started with the Oakville Rangers, then moved to the Mississauga Senators, and was proud to be named the captain of his team every year from Minor Atom to Minor Midget. He then made the jump to Jr. A, as he was the only 16-year-old skater selected to the team straight from Minor Midget. His 2nd season in junior he was named Assistant Captain, and then became Captain the following season. Unfortunately, only 5 games into that season while obtaining an NCAA division 1 scholarship, Mike’s playing career was cut short due to being diagnosed with a heart-condition.


This opened the gate into coaching and instructing, as only a few weeks later Mike joined on as an Assistant Coach with both the Atom Rangers and the Streetsville Derby’s Jr. A team, as well as beginning his own Hockey School called First Star Hockey.


Now just over 10 years into coaching rep hockey and running First Star Hockey, Mike has found early success: winning an OMHA AAA Silver Medal and multiple tournaments as a coach, and many players have been drafted to the OHL or obtained NCAA Division 1 scholarships that Mike has either coached or instructed through his hockey school, with a few players also being drafted to the NHL.


Mike brings the ability to teach players individual skills, as well as how to think and play the game at an elite level, to prepare them for the next level after minor hockey. He takes pride in his ability to connect with his players, create a fun learning environment, and instill in them a passion for the game and a love for coming to the rink. He is excited to continue working with this great group of players!

Congratulations to Mike on his selection as Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Under-15 (U15) AAA team for the 2022-23 season.


Justin Pereira – Under-16 (U16)

Email: [email protected]   Phone:  (905) 466-8991

As a graduate of the Oakville Rangers AAA system, Justin Pereira played an additional four seasons at the Junior A level. Since finishing hockey, he has dedicated himself to coaching. Graduating from Brock University with a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education, Justin completed his High Performance 1 Coaching Certificate (Hockey Canada) and obtained his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification (NSCA-CSCS).

Justin’s passion for hockey has led him back to the game in multiple forms. He has spent the past several seasons coaching various age groups at the AAA level and has also previously held the Video Coach position for the University of Toronto Varsity Blues Men’s Hockey Program. More recently Justin has served as the Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers 2007 AAA birthyear age group since the 2019-20 season and is currently an assistant coach for the Oakville Blades Jr. A (OJHL).

In his coaching, Justin has always implemented a servant leadership approach where he strives to establish a relationship with each player based on trust and care. He prides himself in helping each player reach their full potential as a person and an athlete. Justin’s number one priority as a coach is to build an environment that helps players reach their team and individual goals.

Congratulations to Justin on his selection as Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Under-16 (U16) AAA team for the 2022-23 season.


Rob Ricci – Under-18 (U18)

Email:   [email protected]   Phone: (647) 458-2484

Rob grew up playing minor hockey in both the OMHA and GTHL.  A graduate of the OPJHL Milton Merchants (2002/03) went on the play 2 more season for the Cedar Rapids Roughriders in the USHL before beginning his NCAA college career.  Attending Merrimack College in the Hockey East conference, Rob earned All-Rookie team honours and was named a 3-time team MVP.  After college Rob played 7 seasons of professional hockey with stops in the ECHL, AHL, Sweden, Denmark and the UK. 


After playing, Rob made the transition to working with young athletes as a strength and conditioning coach and player development coach.  He has trained athletes out of Georgetown and Oakville for the past 7 years and was also an assistant coach with the Georgetown Raiders Jr. A team for the prior four seasons.  Team accomplishments include a 2016-2017 OJHL championship, 08-09 ECHL Championship and 04-05 USHL Championship. 


Rob is a High Performance 1 certified coach and has been able use his playing and coaching experience to understand the needs of young players and help them to continuously develop to help reach their goals.  He is excited about this opportunity and looks forward to continuing to build the Oakville Rangers U18 AAA program.


Congratulations to Rob on his selection as Head Coach of the Oakville Rangers Under-18 AAA team for the 2022-23 season.

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